At least twice a year, usually around New Year's Day and Canada Day, we see lists and news photos of well-known Canadians receiving an Order of Canada medal from the Canadian Governor General. Did you know that you can nominate a deserving Canadian to receive this honour? Here's how.
Purpose of the Order of Canada
The Order of Canada recognizes people who have made a difference to Canada. It is Canada's highest honour for lifetime achievement.
Levels of the Order of Canada
There are three levels of the Order of Canada:
- Companion of the Order of Canada - Only 15 awards a year, and only a total of 165 recipients living at any time
- Officer of the Order of Canada - Up to 64 appointments made every year
- Member of the Order of Canada - Up to 136 appointments are made each year.
Who is Eligible for the Order of Canada
All living Canadian citizens are eligible for the Order of Canada, with the exception of federal and provincial politicians and judges while they are in office.
Citizens of other countries are eligible for honorary appointments to the Order of Canada. They are considered for outstanding achievements which bring honour to Canada and for lifetime contributions to humanity in general. Only five honorary appointments can be made each year.
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